National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

Metadata for transfer

Metadata is data about data; in this instance, it refers to data concerning the information stored in the archive. The metadata must conform to State-wide metadata guidelines. These guidelines were drawn up because government bodies frequently use the same information, and it is therefore useful if this information is standardised and everyone generates the information in a consistent manner. This means that many different government bodies are able to make use of the information without problems. Introduction of this list was the responsibility not of the State Archives Service but of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Min BZK), which acts as the co-ordinator for government information management.
The State Archives Service cooperated in the production of this list, which is based on the NEN-ISO 23081 guidelines.